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Lieutenant Hugh Barker (middle front) with his comrades before embaking for France.<br />
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Found in a old suitcase...poignant letters and photographs from the trenches of the Western Front.<br />
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Germans who fought in the First World War never wanted to kill their English 'Saxon friends', according to a never-before-seen account of the famous Christmas truce of 1914.<br />
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Lieutenant Hugh Barker included the previously-unknown description of the friendly meeting between the warring parties in a letter home to his mother.<br />
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He described how the enemy soldiers he met were from the Saxony region of northern Germany and how they expressed their bemusement and displeasure at having to fight their Anglo-Saxon cousins.<br />
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Lt Barker also documented the carols and banter the two sides exchanged across No Man's Land before both groups of men felt emboldened enough to emerge from their trenches.<br />
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The archive is tipped to sell for £3,000 with C & T Auctions of Ashford, Kent on April 30.